Child Care News for Parents March 16, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 16, 2016
Remember to turn your lights off for Earth Hour this Saturday, March 19 and read our great easy tips on how to make your family more environmentally friendly. Also meet Australia's new Children's Literature Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, and hear his plans for inspiring children to love stories.
Stories galore
Thank you Mr Hobbs
The myriad benefits of reading to children are well documented: apart from offering parents and kids a wonderful reason to share a cuddle and some quiet time research conducted by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research showed that children aged four to five who are read to three to five times a week have the same reading ability as children six months or older.

Furthermore reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not read to and can have a positive impact on the development of numeracy skills. The great news is there is a world of fantastic literature for children out there and on top of that impressive heap is the amazing Leigh Hobbs who has just been named Australian Children's Laureate for 2016-2017.

Leigh is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the iconic Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet and his cheeky humour has been make kids giggle and shriek for more than 20 years.
10th Earth hour
10 easy tips to for family eco awareness
Earth Hour 2016 will be on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during participants' local time. It will be the 10th year anniversary of the campaign's beginnings in Sydney, Australia.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet, founded and organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The annual event is held worldwide with the aim of encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, but is now celebrated in more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide and engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.
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